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Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet
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Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet

China is poised to launch the world's first satellite designed to do quantum experiments. A fleet of quantum-enabled craft is likely to follow.

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3D Maps as It Flies
From ACM News

Stitching a Drone's View of the World Into 3D Maps as It Flies

When you're buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps as they fly...

European Scientific Community Seeks Support for 5.3-Million-Euro Hybrid Cloud Build
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European Scientific Community Seeks Support for 5.3-Million-Euro Hybrid Cloud Build

Ten European research organizations support an initiative to create a 5.3-million-euro hybrid cloud platform for the European scientific community.

Physicists Find a Way of 'Bundling Together' Multiple Elements of a Quantum Computer
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Physicists Find a Way of 'Bundling Together' Multiple Elements of a Quantum Computer

Physicists have discovered a way of using multilevel quantum systems, each of which is capable of working with multiple "conventional" quantum elements.

Upcoming Tor Design Battles Hidden Services Snooping
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Upcoming Tor Design Battles Hidden Services Snooping

Tor project representatives say malicious Tor Hidden Services Directories will be addressed in an upcoming redesign, and are only an "annoyance" in the meantime...

New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
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New Movie Screen Allows for Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September
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Rosetta Finale Set for 30 September

Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.

Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts
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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

The 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicts the transistor could stop shrinking in only five years.

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things
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Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light...

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards
From ACM News

Radio Hack Steals Keystrokes from Millions of Wireless Keyboards

You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.

Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future
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Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future

The market, currently dominated by professional and hobbyist makers, could be changing.

Scientists Work Toward Storing Digital Information in DNA
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Scientists Work Toward Storing Digital Information in DNA

Scientists are exploring the potential of custom-built DNA as a long-term data storage solution.

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have used synthetic biology to program cells to remember and respond to a series of events.

Single Camera Can Capture High Quality Facial Performance
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Single Camera Can Capture High Quality Facial Performance

Researchers have developed a method of using one camera to obtain facial performance capture, a key component of visual effects for movies and computer games.

Machine Vision's Achilles' Heel Revealed by Google Brain Researchers
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Machine Vision's Achilles' Heel Revealed by Google Brain Researchers

Machine vision algorithms have a weakness that enables them to be deceived by images modified in ways humans could easily detect.

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies
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Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead...

Feds Want to Use Your Fingerprints to Open iPhones. Why Isn't It Working?
From ACM News

Feds Want to Use Your Fingerprints to Open iPhones. Why Isn't It Working?

A single sentence was all that was needed to detail the results of a search warrant executed last month on a cell phone in Texas: "Unable to obtain forensic aquisition...

Smartphone Apps for Social Good
From Communications of the ACM

Smartphone Apps for Social Good

Mobile apps make it easier, faster, and cheaper to create massive impact on social causes ranging from world hunger to domestic violence.

Open Source Software No Longer Optional
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Open Source Software No Longer Optional

Open development and sharing of software gained widespread acceptance 15 years ago, and the practice is accelerating.

Reinforcement Renaissance
From Communications of the ACM

Reinforcement Renaissance

The power of deep neural networks has sparked renewed interest in reinforcement learning, with applications to games, robotics, and beyond.
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